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Dairy-Free Holiday Chai Tea

Chai tea has always been one of my favorite warm beverages, but all that dairy can make me feel heavy and bloated.  I’ve been trying for a while to create a dairy-free version, and I think I finally perfected it.  This version has all of the flavor without the heaviness of the original.  I used essential oils, because I had them, but you could certainly substitute with the real spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and clove.

I like to make this and pour it in a large Thermos dispenser and take to a holiday party as a delicious beverage alternative.  It goes fast so make sure you get some for yourself!


Dairy-Free Chai Tea

Yield: 12-15 cups


  • 8 chai tea bags (I used Twinings decaf chai)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2-3 drops essential oils: cassia (cinnamon), cardamom, ginger, clove
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Seep chai tea bags in boiling water -- let stand for at least an hour, or overnight.
  2. Pour tea mixture and remaining ingredients in a large pot over medium high heat.
  3. Whisk until about to boil - but do NOT let it boil or it may start to curdle.
  4. Pour, in batches, in a blender and blend until frothy.
  5. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
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